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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Overcast with rain. Fog early. High of 68. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 63. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 2.1 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Brooklyn Castle Documentary Screening

The Campaign for Children, the Afterschool Alliance, the Robert Bowne Foundation and the Queens Community House Beacon Program at Russell Sage JHS190 will be hosting a FREE screening of the award winning film/documentary BROOKLYN CASTLE on June 7 at 5:30pm. The film will be shown at the Beacon Program which is located at 68-17 Austin Street ,Forest Hills. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens subway gropings spike 109 percent: police

Several subway lines in Queens has seen a 109-percent spike in groping incidents this year, prompting police to deploy extra officers to subway stations and trains to try to catch predators, according to officials.  Read more: NBC New York

Tropical Storm Andrea targets New York area

After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea was moving quickly toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas early Friday, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend. Read more: AP

Courts clear way for sweeping overhaul of NYC’s taxi and livery system

Two major court rulings Thursday cleared the way for a sweeping overhaul of how millions of taxi and livery car passengers move about the city. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens VFW named for WWII Veteran

On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the VFW in Long Island City was officially renamed the Rocco Moretto Post 23-48. Read more: NBC New York

The search is on for New York City’s own ice cream flavor

It may not be easy to fit all of New York City into a single cup of ice cream, but Ben & Jerry’s is trying to do it. Read more: CBS New York

US declassifies phone program details after uproar 

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Read more: AP

Parents fight potential cuts to after-school programs

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Amanda Dimick, a single mother of four, couldn’t hold back her tears as she spoke of what the after-school child care Beacon Program means to her and her boys.

“I find myself spreading myself thin between my four children,” she said, as her voice cracked. “I don’t know what I would do without the [Beacon] program.”

All across the city, the group Campaign for Children is teaming up with after-school programs and calling for long-term investment from elected officials to create stable, sustainable, high-quality child care.

According to the Campaign, city-funded child care programs, such as Beacon, face “constant uncertainty and instability.”

Last year, after-school programs faced a potential $170 million budget cut, but the Campaign and its partnering programs prevailed, restoring the full budget, after dozens of citywide rallies, phone calls and letters to elected officials. This year, although no budget cuts have been announced yet, the Campaign is calling for the same.

“[Beacon] enables me to put in more time at work,” said Dimick at a town hall meeting at the Queens Community House Beacon on Wednesday, January 17.

Dimick, whose four boys are all under 12 years old, said that when she needs to spend time focusing on work, she knows she can rely on the staff to be valuable role models for her children.

“They say it takes a community to raise a child, and that’s definitely been my situation,” she said.

“I’m going to fight for you,” assured Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, who was a single parent of two and said that after-school programs “saved her” when she had to go to work.

“This mayor has to recognize that our children are very important,” she added.

Warren Fink lives with just his 11-year-old daughter, Miriam, who has been going to the Beacon program for years.

“When I wake up in the morning, I need a purpose,” he said. “And my purpose is my daughter. [At Beacon,] I feel that my daughter is surrounded by wonderful people, and she’s learning as she’s growing.”

Fink spoke for many parents when he said that closing the program puts much more pressure on working parents, and could potentially put the kids on the streets after school.

The next step for the Campaign and concerned parents is to make their voices heard, and ensure that long-term investments are made in child care and after-school programs.